Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Most Irritating Phrases

Competition time. 

Based on the Oxford list of top ten most irritating phrases from 2008, you are charged with coming up with the most irritating combination of them, when combined with my own personal list. Also, add your own.

Oxford's most irritating phrases:
1 - At the end of the day
2 - Fairly unique
3 - I personally
4 - At this moment in time
5 - With all due respect
6 - Absolutely
7 - It's a nightmare
8 - Shouldn't of
9 - 24/7
10 - It's not rocket science

Marcel's most irritating phrases/words (not exhaustive):
1 - Like
2 - You know? OR You know what I am saying?
3 - Don't judge me / You are being judgmental / Judge not (when misunderstood)
4 - actually...
5 - synergy
6 - Any overused sports cliche' (e.g. "110%", "bring our A game", etc.)
7 - It is what it is
8 - OMG
9 - Don't go there
10 - Any word that ends in "z" when it should be an "s" (e.g, boyz, songz, kidz, etc)

Now it is your turn. What is your list of the most irritating words or phrases.
Ready. Set. Go.
(FYI - comments may take a little while to approve. I am about to start jury duty.)


Ragamuffin said...

I mostly get irritated when 40-something year old white guys try to insert urban slang (or really any teen or 20-something slang) into conversations to appear hip and young.

I was on the elevator and this guy was probably late 40s and was recapping a meeting for someone over the phone. When he was done he said, "So that's the download on that."

First of all, the word you're looking for is "lowdown."

Second, the slang you attempted to use is "downlow" and that has a different meaning altogether than what you intended. Embarrassingly so.

Please stick to "standard" English unless you're absolutely certain you're employing the slang properly and even then, just don't.

The Game said...


Joseph Therese said...

it's not you, it's me

Kristy B said...

"What is all boils down to..."

Julie D. said...

"to the cloud ..."

gerry said...

"I know - right?"
My all-time irritating phrase - "To be honest with you . . ." Okay, so the other stuff you told me was a lie?

Joe Chicago said...

"Nothing could be further than the truth," especially when used frequerntly.

Russ said...

It is, what it is.

Diane said...

LOL, and "think outside the box", also any "quick" text abbreviations.

Gina said...

"(anytime)AM in the morning."

LarryD said...

This post is, like, you know, not exactly rocket science. With all due respect, Marcel - and don't judge me by saying this, but actually...OMG, I've dropped the ball on this comment! Oh well - it is what it is. As far as "synergy" goez...I won't go there. Because at the end of the day, at this moment in time, I personally and absolutely believe this fairly unique post does an okay job on how common speech is, like, a nightmare. 24/7.

I'm sorry - this comment shouldn't of been so ramblish. I know, I know - you could care less.


Adoro said...

OK, my list:

* the overuse of the letter "X" in things like: "Xtreme"

* "could of" (it's could've or could HAVE)

* touch base or touch bases

* paradigm shift

Oh, and to Ragamuffin - no, that guy meant what he said: download. Especially if he does a lot of work with computers. That in fact, IS the lingo. Not "lowdown".

And that reminds me of the other one:

* download - I actually hear it all the time!

Magister Christianus said...

The use of the word "monies" as a synonym for "funds."

Brad said...

Any way, shape or form

Tom Lang said...

I have a friend who fancies himself as a very devout Catholic. What is so annoying is that so many times he starts a sentence with, "Forgive my sin of pride, but . . ." He then proceeds to say nothing but extremely prideful and arrogant/elitist things about himself.

Tom Lang said...

Some other pet peeve phrases are:
"I don't mean to be critical, but . . ." Of course nothing but critical comments follow.

"I don't mean to step on your toes, but . . ." They then do nothing but step on your toes.

"To be perfectly honest with you . . ." To which the perfect response must always be, "No, please continue to not be fully honest with me."

"Please don't take this the wrong way, but . . ." There of course is only one way to take it and it's not fun at all!

Esther G. said...

"It's a win-win situation"

Pagasa is Tagalog for HOPE said...

"pick your brains" and "wrap my/your head around x.."

Carlos Limongi said...

"That being said..."

Carlos Limongi said...

"That being said..."

matthew said...

"Its scary"
"I could care less."
"Its a quantum leap..."
"I don't disagree."

opey124 said...

"whatever" especially by teenager.
Anything that is texting but spoken out load " lol" brb" etc.

Andrew said...

"No disrespect but..." usually followed by something very disrespectful.


Pagasa is Tagalog for HOPE said...

"pick your brains" and "wrap my head around..."

Kristin said...

"Not gonna lie"

"No offense, but..." and then I will proceed to insult you.

Answering a question with "Yeah, No." Contradictory much?(I do this all the time! And I annoy myself)

Ronald said...

To all concerned, "I get it..., but"

David said...

I dislike (very much) the word "mashup". I also very much dislike the word "pop" when used like "this will make all the other colours pop".

joadard said...

"Let me be perfectly clear."

Megan said...

"When I was your age"

"Things were different/better back when..."

Anything that contains the words "young lady"

Well, basically anything my parents or most old people say but that would be too long of a comment.

Cara said...

Misused apostrophe's.

Ragamuffin said...


Well, it wasn't computers he was discussing. In fact, I'm in the IT field myself. That lingo isn't really all that popular but I could see some using it. He was just being Old White Dude Trying To Be Cool.

Bill said...

I dislike ", as it were."

Maisa said...

I guess... (just say what you mean)

It's okay (no, it often isn't)

It doesn't matter (really?)

Good job (do you mean it?)

Don't worry (did I say I'm worried?)

Relax! (just leave me alone)

Gerry said...

I'm hearing a lot of people saying "REALLY?!" in a sarcastic manner, which I am finding a little annoying.

Becca said...

Although I am 41 and am use many of these phrases, (single and going to school late in life... I never used the word, "Dude!" until I was 28 and going to school in Steubenville.) I still can't stand, "FYI". Also, although I am guilty of bad grammer, I still can't stand, "I had went...". I heard it in a professional commercial and almost drove my car into a wall.

Howard said...

Let me add "gifted" when "gave" would have been better. Example: "I would like to thank the Smith family, who have gifted us with the lovely poinsettias."

Howard said...

Oh, and here's another one: Using transitive verbs as though they were intransitives, as in, "This movie will not disappoint."

Father John said...

Pundint (it's pundit!!!)
Alls (as in "alls I want to do...")
You go...(as in "you go, girl")
"Is what you do is this..."

Rob said...

"For what it's worth" - what does that even mean!?!

Mike the Geek said...

With all due respect, these are the only ones I could think of at the end of the day:
1) Imagining (as a business verb)
2) Refactor
3) Action item (instead of "thing to do")
4) Fundamentalist (from people who can't differentiate a crazed dynamiter on a Jewish schoolbus from the Wheaton College English Department)
5) debrief

6) deck (referring to a PowerPoint presentation)
7) in an ideal world
8) social network
9) new world order
10) across the enterprise

But, sigh, it is what it is...

Lals said...

Oooh, may I add to this already exhaustive list?! I teach at the university level. Recently, I had to discuss with my students the appropriateness of using certain words and phrases in formal presentations and essays. Here they are in order of popularity:

1) crap-ton (another variation on this is sh*t-ton)
2) hella
3) OMG
4) sooo totally awesome
5) making my head explode

Garry said...

Near or close proximity.

Angry Jason said...

At the 50,000 foot level

Angry Jason said...

And using "solution" as a verb